Here's The ESPY Gun Violence Monologue Everyone Is Talking About This Morning
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade opened the annual ESPY awards with a monologue on the recent police shootings as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week.
BY MICHAEL SEBASTIAN | Jul 15, 2016 | Culture
LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade stood shoulder-to-shoulder on Wednesday night to open the annual ESPY awards with a roughly three-and-a-half minute monologue on the recent police shootings as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week. It's a must watch clip.
"The urgency to create change is at an all-time high," Anthony said.
Paul, the nephew of a police officer, recited the names of several men who have been killed. Wade urged a stop to racial profiling, a shoot-to-kill mentality and "not seeing the value of black and brown bodies."
"Enough is enough," he said.
James, who won five awards including Best Male Athlete of the Year, echoed Wade, noting, "We all feel helpless and frustrated by the violence." The idea for the monologue reportedly came from James, who approached ESPN in the days leading up to the awards.
"We all to have do better," he added.
The opening was striking because of the athletes' strong call to action. This wasn't some vague nod toward social justice; they demanded change and offered specific ways to do it.
"The racial profiling has to stop. The shoot-to-kill mentality has to stop. Not seeing the value of black and brown bodies has to stop," Wade, who just signed with the Chicago Bulls, said. "But also, the retaliation has to stop. The endless gun violence in places like Chicago, Dallas, not to mention Orlando, has to stop. Enough. Enough is enough.”
From: Esquire US.